If you are a screen printing newbie then you will at some point make a mistake while printing designs on T-shirts. Even experienced printers sometimes have designs that don’t come out as expected. In case this happens you will need a way to remove the faulty prints while preserving your tee. Read on for five of the most important steps you should follow to remove screen printing from a shirt.
1. Immediately Soak The Shirt In Cold Water
As soon as you notice a fault in your image or that your screen printing is not in the correct format you should soak the T-shirt in cold water. This will take off any fresh ink that hasn’t dried. If you rinse it off once but there is still a lot of ink on the shirt try rinsing several more times in cold water until the ink stops fading out.
Industry Print Solutions who are experts at screen printing warn against using hot water to remove fresh as this will cause the opposite effect. Hot water causes screen-printing ink to set.
2. Rinse The Shirt In Warm Water
Once the fresh ink is rinsed off you can then wash the t-shirt in water. This will remove any dirt that is stuck to the shirt.
Once the shirt is washed clean you then need to hang it out to dry. Wait for the shirt to dry completely to see whether there is still any ink stuck to it.
4. Remove Stubborn Ink With A Hot Iron
If there is still ink stuck to your t-shirt you take it out by using a dry iron and paper. Place the glossy side of the paper on top of the print then iron the paper with a hot iron, the ink should transfer from the shirt to the paper. Do not iron the print without paper as this will set the ink. Keep repeating this step until it stops working.
5. Rub The Remaining Ink With Sugar
If there is still some stubborn ink stunk to your T-shirt there is a last resort. Get some sugar and rub it on the stubborn ink stains. Be very gentle with the rubbing so as not to damage the shirt. Also, please note that for this step to work your t-shirt needs to be made of good fabric otherwise the sugar will damage the shirt. If after all these steps you still have ink stuck on your graphic tee then you should try ironing the stain away again.
Mistakes Can Be Corrected
There is no need to panic if you make a mistake while printing a client’s T-shirt. Screen printing ink is easy to take out if you know what you are doing. Follow our 5 steps to remove ink and you will correct any mistakes without damaging your shorts. For more tips on screen printing read the rest of our blog. You will get creative ideas on how to screen print graphic tees.